Hawks Comeback Too Little Too Late
After a lackluster three quarters of basketball, the Ringwood Hawks decided to raise their intensity and nearly pinched an unlikely win over the third placed Geelong Supercats on Saturday night.
On a night where the Hawks raise funds for Miraclefeet, a charity that provides support for kids born with Clubfeet, a packed Rings stadium got right behind the Hawks looking for a big win. But early in the game the Hawks looked out of sorts and simply could not find their shooting stroke. The Supercats took advantage and built themselves a five point quarter time lead and then by half time had doubled the advantage to 10.
A slight change in their defensive focus saw the Hawks start to slow down the Supercats at the offensive end, but still the shots would not drop. Imports Jacob Gibson and Joey Miller, usually deadly from the perimeter, struggled to make an open three pointer and connected on just 2 of their 14 attempts.
With the game slowly slipping away early in the final quarter, Hawks Co-Captain Matt Fennell decided that it was time to lead from the front. Fennell caught fire and within a three minute burst, the Hawks had closed the gap to just 3 points and had all the momentum. The very next defensive possession saw Jacob Gibson draw what the Hawks thought was a charge on Supercats star Demarcus Gatlin, but he was awarded two foul shots and the Supercats managed to settle and close out the game.
“Playing just 8 minutes of intense and aggressive basketball is nowhere near good enough against teams in this league.” Hawks Coach Ken Harrington said.
“This game was a great example of our season. We have not played hard enough for long enough and we have not been able to get an ounce of luck when we needed it.”
Next week the Hawks will have their last home game of the season against North West Tasmania. It is also a Reunion game for the Club who would like to invite all former players, Coaches or supporters to attend the game and hopefully catch up with a few old faces. The Club will also be honoring the 20 year anniversary of their 1999 Championship team.
RINGWOOD 77 (Fennell 16, Sturt 15, Gibson 15, Latham 13, Miller 9) lost to GEELONG 88 (Gatlin 28, Williams 22) at The Rings, Ringwood